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    Lightbulb Laptop Drives for Desktops?

    Has anyone considered using laptop drives to solve road vibration problems? I read somewhere you can get a laptop hard drive adaptor for about $30, so with the right priced hard drive, your set. But what about DVD or CD-Rom's? I've been looking for info on such an adaption with no luck. Any ideas or am I crazy?

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    Yes...this has been gone over a few times. The adapters are actually cheaper than you think. You can get them for $7 plus S/H <a href="http://www.cardinal-computer.com/cardinal-computer-corp/laptopdriveadp.html">here</a>.

    The only caveats to doing laptop drives is that they are more expensive than standard IDE drives and standard drives have been overwhelmingly (and somewhat surprisingly) successful with proper precautions. A few have gone bad, but not many more than would statistically fail in standard PCs.

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    i saw a laptop adaptor for $3 Canadian at a computer flea market.

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    Thanks for the reply and sorry about the repetition. I'm new to the board and Auto PC's and I'm still trying to get the right gear together.

    What do you do about vibration and hard drive? I read that it doesn't matter what kind HD you get because they all fail about the same time. I've been considering some unorthodox methods, such as independent frame with shocks. Am I going overbaord or is internal shock protection enough? What about the CD-ROM or DVD drives while the vehicles in motion? Are standard drives ok, or should I shop for a specific brand? I'd appreciate hearing about your experiences with this problem. Thanks for tolerating newbie questions!


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